Move to Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a large county. With the beautiful Chilterns running through the area nearest to London, it extends north and west into the beginnings of the Cotswolds, this outer area being popular with those lucky enough to be able to get away from daily trips to the capital. The navigable reaches of the Thames wind through from Henley up through Oxford itself and beyond as far as Lechlade-on-Thames. Some lovely rural and riverside properties are found here and along the banks of the picturesque but non-navigable Cherwell. Villages close to Oxford itself are popular with London commuters and well paid academics, so prices are kept buoyant. The ‘city of dreaming spires’ is a great attraction with architecture, museums, theatres and great restaurants but there are also some lovely old market towns such as Abingdon, Burford, Chipping Norton, Faringdon and Henley-on-Thames.

Both state and independent schools in the county are generally good with some real high scorers in both sectors.

The best commutes are villages within striking distance of either Didcot Parkway, Bicester North, Banbury or Oxford itself, which all offer fast services. There are other village stations in the county which may be convenient, although if on the ‘stopping service’ their train journeys tend to be longer. Routes go into Marylebone or Paddington so are ideal for that side of London. The M40 connects the county both with London and Birmingham and the M4 linking London with Bristol and the west is within easy reach of much of the county.

Commuter Hotspots: Some of the attractive and well connected top Oxfordshire villages and towns are:

Nettlebed, Chiselhampton, Clifton Hampden, Great Milton, Great Tew, Abingdon, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Little Haseley, Witney, Bladon, Cumnor, Dorchester-on-Thames, Minster Lovell, Drayton, Milton, Long and Little Wittenham, Stoke Lyne, Sutton Courtenay, Stratton Audley, Hethe, Cropredy, Ewelme.

Further from London and into the beginnings of the Cotswolds are some of the country’s most picturesque areas. Villages such as Chastleton, Chipping Norton, Little Faringdon, Shipton-under-Wychwood and Kingham are well worth considering if your ties to the city are a bit more flexible.

What part of Oxfordshire is right for you?


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Oxfordshire Homes. Traditional Oxfordshire buildings are either of timber and brick construction or, closer to the cotswold hills, made from the characteristic mellow golden stone. There are some good places to find waterfront properties with impressive homes to be found on the quiet upper reaches of the Thames.   For a home with your own mooring expect to pay over £1.5 million. A large and impressive riverside home with stunning facilities could have a price tag of £5 - £6 million plus. You man also find a charming beamed farmhouse, thatched stone cottage or an impressive stone manor house.Stone manor house  

Commute from Oxfordshire: stations and journey times into London Marylebone

Banbury 1hr 2
Kings Sutton 1hr 16
Bicester North 49mins
Haddenham & Thame 53mins
Princes Risborough 39mins

And into London Paddington

Charlbury 1hr 19
Hanborough 1hr 10
Oxford 57mins
Radley 1hr 5
Culham 1hr 1
Appleford 58mins
Didcot Parkway 43mins
Cholsey 58mins
Goring & Streatley 52mins
Pangbourne 46mins
Henley-on-Thames 46mins

Further Oxfordshire Stations into Paddington
Heyford 1hr 35
Tackley 1hr 30
Moreton-in-Marsh 1hr 42
Kingham 1hr 33
Shipton 1hr 46

Journey times shown are for fastest services available at useful times. Additional services may have longer journey times so please check.


Oxfordshire Life: Something for the weekend ...

  • Oxfordshire has some wonderful vistas, especially in the Cotswolds AONB.
  • Also consider the Thames Pathway and the banks of the Cherwell for inspiring country walks.  
  • There are huge areas of country to explore – perhaps from the air for those who fancy a pilot’s license.
  • A county full of history from the very ancient Rollright Stones or the Devil’s Quoits stone circles steeped in legend and mystery.  
  • Dating from the 14th Century is picturesque Broughton Castle.
  • Or visit the magnificent Blenheim Palace. A Baroque masterpiece and World Heritage Site.  As with many of the country’s major attractions, an annual pass is great value for local residents.  Enjoy the 2,000 acres as often as you like.  
  • There is also the railway museum at Didcot
  • And the popular shopping village at Bicester.  
  • Then there is Oxford itself. The Bodleian Library has 11 million items and the Ashmolean Museum is the oldest in the country. Or just enjoy the architecture, great restaurants and lively atmosphere.

Blenhiem Palace

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